Reasons to Eat a Vegan Diet – Beyond Your Own Health
There is no doubt that if you follow a vegan diet that is bursting with whole foods, you will receive significant health benefits. However, the media predominantly showcases veganism as a ‘healthy diet’…but there is so much more to it.
1. Eating a plant-based diet can considerably reduce your energy footprint.
The animal agriculture production process is extremely energy-intensive. Currently, animal agriculture is responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions. The unpleasant reason being that billions of animals are producing gas ad manure, containing nitrous oxide.
Fact: Animals produce 7 million pounds of poo a minute!
2. Reduce the destruction of rainforests
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon’s destruction because of the amount of land the animals need to survive. Plant-based foods take up much less space than animal products. For example, 1.5 acres is enough for 37,000 pounds of plant-based foods, whereas the same amount of land for meat would only produce 375 pounds of food.
3. Vegans use less water globally
A recent report published from the U.N. shared that the world will only have 60% of the water it needs by 2030 without significant global policy change. Animals not only need to drink water, but they eat plants that have to be watered, meaning that 1/3 of the entire earth’s water is going to animal agriculture.
The impact that animal agriculture is having on our planet is scary and the consequences are showing. You do not have to become fully vegan to reduce your impact but start by eating food with a purpose and looking beyond your own health.